This film explores the world of tattoos; the artists, the reasons why people have them and what happens when they regret them. From a drunken dare to tattoo obsessions, My Tattoo Addiction seeks to discover what people's tattoos say about their lives and tells some of the compelling stories that lie beneath the surface of body art.
There are over an estimated 20 million tattoos in Britain and full arm, leg, chest, back and even head tattoos are now more popular than ever, but having a large tattoo is both a huge statement and a financial commitment. Reflecting the changing nature of tattoos and the industry, the film follows contributors who have all developed a unique relationship with their tattoos: the ex-Ayia Napa holiday rep with 14 tattoos, including several expletives and one of a booze cruise's website emblazoned on his chest; the self-confessed ‘tattoo addict' with facial tattoos; the obsessive Miley Cyrus fan; the 67-year-old seeking to cover up the racist tattoos of his youth, and his tattooist daughter, who has her five dead cats on her back.
Behind every tattoo and its cover-up lies a story - whether it's the erasing of an ex-partner's name, the covering of a swear word or unfortunate phrase, or an attempt to draw a veil on a less than savoury past. The film also hears about the tattoos that people have lived to regret and many tattooists explain that a substantial amount of their business - one estimates as much as 40% is fixing badly inked or self-administered tattoos.
This uplifting, warm, and often eye-watering documentary discovers, through candid interviews, what leads people to go under the needle, and how fixing a bad tattoo can mean facing more than just the physical reminder of your past.
Prod Co: Rondo Media
Exec Prod: Tom Ware
Dir: Yonni Usiskin
Comm Ed: Emma Cooper